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Quinnbeth

399d

Hi! So I’m looking for people to chat to about supposedly ‘random’ stomach and GI issues - I’ve been passed around to several different doctors for the past four years and no one seems to know what’s causing my problems. My symptoms include: - bloating - both lower and upper abdominal pain - GERD - heavily varied bowel movements (I can have three completely different stools in one day, some are very solid, some quite loose etc) - nausea - lower abdominal cramping leading up to a bowel movement - struggle with weight gain So far all I’ve been told is that I probably have GERD (again, no official diagnosis), I have severe health anxiety but other than that I’m ‘completely healthy’. I’ve had internal and abdominal ultrasounds and a gastric emptying scan, both of which came back clear. If anyone has the same issues as me please reach out! I’m desperate to meet more people with similar problems and maybe even figure out a starting point for a diagnosis :)

    • minnesotagirl

      397d

      Ate you having trouble gaining or losing weight?

      • Quinnbeth

        390d

        @minnesotagirl so my weight sort of fluctuates within the same half a stone bracket (I’m from the Uk so I’m not sure what that is in kilos or lbs). I don’t really get to anything more than 9 stone (57kg).

    • frogs

      398d

      I’d look into celiac disease. There are so many varied GI symptoms and it can be tested via blood test so your doctor shouldn’t have a problem running it… good luck! (I had almost all of those symptoms)

      • Quinnbeth

        398d

        @frogs hi! So I have actually been tested for celiac and I’ve cut gluten out of my diet before. The test came back negative and the diet change did nothing :/ I’ve also been tested for a lactose intolerance and type 1 diabetes, both of which were clear. Thank you for pointing it out though!

    • carter._.16

      398d

      Oh gosh I've experienced/ do experience a lot of these things. I've done so many tests and have tried so many things to help. It's like no one has any idea what's wrong and it's an awful thing to deal with. I have bad health anxiety and when my anxiety acts up, my stomach acts up. But I was diagnosed with GERD first, and then about 6 months later I was told I have gastroparesis. Also, rumination syndrome can cause feelings of pressure in your stomach, which could cause pain. But I also feel you on the different stools. Some days I'll also have all different consistency and it's real weird

      • Quinnbeth

        398d

        @carter._.16 right??? It’s so weird that doctors seemingly ‘can’t find anything’ yet we have so many symptoms. At this point I assume that I do have GERD, they never really said to me okay we think you have this, they just started talking to me as if I’d already had a diagnosis 🤔

        • carter._.16

          397d

          @Quinnbeth same here tbh. Also, a lot if my syptoms started after I got covid for the first time. But the doctors don't know how those correlate

    • ninners

      399d

      I experience all of these symptoms and have not received any answers so far :( it sucks, for sure. You’re not alone 💕

      • Quinnbeth

        398d

        @ninners yeah it does suck doesn’t it :( I’m sorry that you’re going through it as well. Feel free to drop me a message if you wanna talk about it!

    • Motley

      399d

      I have all of this when my anxiety, especially my health anxiety is bad because fight or flight seriously messes with your digestive system and the longer you're in it the worse it gets. If you are able to be completely relaxed for a few days and it sticks around then I'd rule out anxiety.

      • Quinnbeth

        398d

        @Motley yeah I did think it could be anxiety related, it’s very hard for me to completely relax so it’s difficult to rule it out. I think I’ll wait until I next go on holiday to see if I relax at all

    • Stash

      399d

      Yes, I have some of those symptoms, I have gastritis, gerd, ibsc

      • Quinnbeth

        398d

        @Stash ah okay, what’s ibsc if you don’t mind me asking?

    • FS_cookielove

      399d

      Do you get headaches frequently or dizzy when you sit up too fast? It could be POTS

      • Quinnbeth

        399d

        @FS_cookielove I won’t lie I just did a little research on POTS and it does sound like me…I’ll mention it at my next GP visit. I think they tend to immediately dismiss me because I’m young and female. Thank you for pointing it out!

        • FS_cookielove

          398d

          @Quinnbeth no problem. Drink plenty of fluids except the day of the test. It's commonly misdiagnosed as seizures or something else. I passed out at work, faceplanted on tile, and my mouth was bleeding so they thought seizure. I went to a cardiologist and they did a lot of tests to include HUTT to determine it was POTS

      • Quinnbeth

        399d

        @FS_cookielove hi! I do get headaches, I wouldn’t say daily but I get them maybe three or four times a week? Since I was young, my vision goes black around the edges and I get light headed if I stand up too quick but I just assumed that was iron and that my headaches were my birth control….

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One user mentioned that their symptoms, including bloating, abdominal pain, and nausea, were similar to yours. They suggested trying a gluten-free diet, as it could be a sign of food intolerance. Another user mentioned that the symptoms could be related to IBS, which can cause anxiety or worsen due to stress. Foods can also exacerbate IBS symptoms.

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